Inspiring enquiring minds: Sciences and Psychology at LMS
Science is a very popular subject at all levels with signficant numbers continuing to study the subject at A level and then going on to study Engineering, Medicine or Vetinary Science to name but a few at University. Our pupils particularly enjoy the ‘hands on’ nature of the subject and we love to provide the students with curriculum enriching experiences.
In the past year the students have had a forensic science day for Years 5 and 7, an engineering day for Year 8, a fieldwork visit for sixth form, a trip to the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. We also encourage students to attend lectures, we have taken the students to talks from Lord Robert Winston, Simon Singh and most recently the students attended a lecture delivered by Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal.
We follow the National Curriculum in Science. This means that four areas of science are studied:
- scientific enquiry
- life processes and living things
- materials and their properties
- physical processes
Science is a very popular subject at Key Stage 3 and our pupils particularly enjoy the ‘hands on’ nature of the subject. We run a science club as an enrichment activity and currently in Yr 9 students can have the opportunity to join an Eco Club. The Science department welcomes outside speakers who can pass on their expertise to our pupils. We also arrange trips throughout the year, a recent example includes a visit to the Magna Science Centre.
Key Stage 3 prepares our pupils well for the GCSE Science, Additional Science and Separate Science Courses where Physics, Chemistry and Biology are taught by specialists. Many students then go on to study one or more of these subjects at A level.
Psychology (offered at A Level)
How does the memory work? Is eye-witness testimony reliable? How important are the first attachments a baby forms? What effect can day care have on a child’s development? What causes stress and how does it actually affect a person physiologically? Is it ‘evil’ people who carry out evil acts, or can there be something about a particular situation that could lead even ‘normal’ people to become perpetrators of evil? How can minority groups bring about change in society? What is abnormality, and how can mental illness be treated?
These are some of the questions posed during the AS psychology course.
Students who take psychology need a combination of curiosity and scepticism, and an interest in human nature. Psychology students often also study, sociology, biology, English and sports studies, but any students who are considering a career in any of the caring services, or in marketing or business, will find an understanding of psychology useful.